Human experience, both individual and collective, seems to be a continual struggle between the power of God, good, and the pretended forces of evil. Mrs. Eddy depicts this argumentative struggle in an illuminative and helpful manner under the chapter title "A Colloquy" in her book "Unity of Good" (pp. 21-26). This portrayal is both illuminative and helpful, because the claims and arguments of evil are therein unmasked and stripped of their apparently pleasing and alluring habiliments, so that their astounding denial of God may be clearly seen by any one whose spiritual perception has been quickened to any degree. This unmasking of the claims of evil is necessary to the excision of evil, because its claims are always presented either as inherently good or as promising to be resultant in good, which furnishes evil's only basis for its claims to attractiveness. Of course, when evil is shorn of its pretensions to good, and it is seen for what it really is, instead of for what it claims to be, its destruction is insured. Evil, when seen as such, is not attractive, but repellent and repugnant. Every individual who is honest with himself avows that his true desire is to think and act, to gain and give, only that which is good and uplifting in nature and effect.

Writing on page 102 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy presents the true basis for our thinking on the subject of influence or attraction in these words: "There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind." It is necessary for Christian Scientists to see this clearly and to remind themselves of it frequently because, as Mrs. Eddy writes farther on (p. 213), "Material theories partially paralyze this attraction towards infinite and eternal good by an opposite attraction towards the finite, temporary, and discordant." It is this claim of and undestroyed belief in an attraction and influence apart from and unlike God, good, which is the cause of the continuing struggle in human consciousness between good and evil.

October 18, 1924

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